Implement THAT! (Part 6) – The Acceptance of a New Idea

With any implementation effort, leadership matters.  The focus here is on what leaders can do as a new idea moves through the necessary stages in order to gain full acceptance.


This is the first (of what I hope to be many) audio podcasts.  Click here


This post/podcast is a continuation of a previous post on “The Birth of A New Paradigm”


Thanks for listening!

4 thoughts on “Implement THAT! (Part 6) – The Acceptance of a New Idea

  1. Mr. Schimmer,

    My name is Samantha Wesson and I attend the University of South Alabama. I find it quite interesting that you should compare the spreading of an idea as being similar to a virus. I had never considered that there were many different stages in the acceptance of a new idea rather than just being one simple action. I definitely agree with you that answering others’ ridicule with more ridicule isn’t professional. What many people don’t understand is that ridicule will draw attention to the idea, and countering it with calm reasoning is a much better way to convince people to accept the new idea instead of opposing it!

    I am part of a class called EDM 310, and I will be summarizing my visits to your blog as part of my class blog in a few weeks. If you would like to view it, here are the links:

    My Blog:
    Class Blog:

    I enjoyed listening to your podcast!

    • Thanks for taking the time to comment, Samantha. You and your EDM 310 classmates have been very active on my blog and I really appreciate it. Although I really do believe that ideas spread like viruses, the truth is that it’s actually people who go through the stages before accepting an idea. People have to work things out in their minds and come to terms with what the new idea is asking of them. Once that happens then they get to the acceptance stage.

      I am definitely going to check out both of the links you’ve provided. Thanks for listening tot he podcasts. It’s something new/different that I wanted to try.

      Take care!

  2. Mr. Schimmer,
    My name is Carly Willoughby, and I’m a student in EDM 310 at the University of South Alabama. I will be posting a summary of your podcast on my blog.
    This is the first blog post I have been to that is an audio podcast. It is more personal this way because I can listen to you, but I have ADD and wish I had something to read along with it. It’s like when I’m in church; if I don’t have something to look at and read along with the pastor, I get side tracked by what’s in front of me and end up not paying any attention to what’s being said.
    On the topic of your podcast, I really liked what you had to say. Most people don’t know how to accept a new idea. They decide to respond in ridicule, making fun of it and the people who came up with it. This is the stage I see the most for new ideas. I like how you said that an idea doesn’t move in stages, but rather the people move in relation to the idea. This caught my attention because I usually think that it’s the idea that moves into different categories (new, gaining interest, popular, etc.), but it’s really the people who are in different categories. I also love that you gave guidelines for the leaders for each stage.
    I really enjoyed this podcast! Thank you for allowing me the pleasure of listening to it!
    Carly Willoughby

    • Hi Carly,

      It’s funny you mention a transcript…I thought of that, but then thought that no one would listen if they could read it…maybe I’ll try that for the next one!

      Unfortunately many of us in education aren’t as open as we say we are…we get defensive or set in our ways. Extreme responses are never productive. We can’t be so cynical that we’re not open, but not so open that we’re not thoughtful. Somewhere in the middle – a balanced perspective – is ideal. Be willing and open to consider new ideas, think them through – maybe try something – and then make an honest judgment about whether it is going to make you more effective and efficient.

      Thanks for commenting!

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